Dr. Nazry Bahrawi specialises in the comparative study of texts, theories and traditions of Indian Ocean cultures between the Malay Archipelago and the Middle East. His research is informed by discourses in world literature, decolonial theory, translation studies and ethnic studies. He has published in these areas in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.
He serves on the international advisory board of Critical Muslim (Hurst & Co.), a UK-based quarterly of ideas and issues which presents Muslim perspectives on the great debates of our times. Dr. Nazry has translated two literary works from Bahasa to English by Singapore’s Cultural Medallion winners: namely, Mohamed Latiff Mohamed’s collection of short stories, Lost Nostalgia (Ethos: 2017) and Nadiputra’s play, Lorong Buang Kok: The Musical (Cokelat: 2012).
Dr. Nazry has penned op-ed commentaries on culture, ethnicity and humanities education in the Malay Archipelago in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, South China Morning Post, The Straits Times and Today. His interviews were featured in BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel NewsAsia, TRT World, Suria, Deutsche Welle, South China Morning Post and The Straits Times.
Selected Book Chapters
- “Weretigers in Weretexts: Cultural Translation and Indigeneity in the Malay Archipelago”. Translational Politics: Contesting Race, Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Literature. Ed.: Grace V.S. Chin. New York: Routledge, 2020 (Forthcoming)
- “Utopia”. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Eds.: Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Wiley-Blackwell: Malden MA, Jan 2016
- “Multiculturalism”. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Eds.: Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Wiley-Blackwell: Malden MA, Jan 2016
- “Not My Bible’s Keeper: Saramago’s Cain Translates Postsecular Dissent”, Reading the Abrahamic Faiths: Rethinking Religion and Literature. Eds.: Emma Mason and Nazry Bahrawi. London: Bloomsbury, Dec 2014
- “The Myths of the Lettered Native”, SG Bicentennial, Ethos Books: Singapore, 2019
- “The Colonial Art of Telling Tales”, 200 Years of Singapore and the United Kingdom, Eds. Tommy Koh and Scott Wightman, ST Press: 2019
- “Meditations on Brown Humanity”, An Introduction to Collected Plays Three by Alfian Sa’at, Ethos Books: Singapore, 2019
- “First as Harimau, Then as Harimeow?”, State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters exhibition catalogue, Asian Film Archive: Singapore, 2019
- (In Bahasa) “Dari Dai Nippon Teikoku ke Dai Nippon Kawaii”, Sakura Mekar di Bumi Berdarah: Koleksi Cerpen dan Sajak 75 Tahun Penjajahan Jepun di Singapura, Angkatan Sasterawan ’50: Singapura, 2018
- “A Tradition of Island Hoping”, The Birthday Book (2017): What Should We Never Forget?, The Birthday Collective: Singapore, 2017
- “Racialism in the Archipelago”, Critical Muslim (Issue 14): Power. Hurst Publishers: London, Apr 2015
- “The Devil’s Interpreter: Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd’s Humanistic Hermeneutics”, Critical Muslim (Issue 12): Dangerous Freethinkers. Hurst Publishers: London, Oct 2014
- “Textual Desires: Islam and Literature in Southeast Asia”, Critical Muslim (Issue 7): Muslim Archipelago. Hurst Publishers: London, Jul 2013
- “The Andalusi Secular: Enlightenment Ideas in Al-Andalus”, Critical Muslim (Issue 6): Reclaiming Andalusia. Hurst Publishers: London, Apr 2013
- “Hassan al-Banna, The Pragmatist”, Middle East Insights, Middle East Institute-NUS: Singapore, May 2012
- “Moderate Islam in Southeast Asia and Egypt”, East Asia Forum. Australia National University: Canberra, Australia, Oct 2011